If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Kilpatrick (kilpatrick-J@mssu.edu) (cell: 785-691-8475).
|Competitive Events:||Culture Bowl | Geography | Poetry | Poster | Reading | Skits | Vocabulary|
|Non-Competitive Events:||Conversation Stations | Trivia | Kiosk | International Dances|
|Logistics:||Rules | Lunch | Parking | Evaluation | Contact|
8:00 – 9:00
|Taylor Auditorium Lobby||Check-in
|9:00 – 9:45||French—Cornell Auditorium
|10:00 – 11:00||
Reading & Geography:
|8:40 – 12:00||
|After 11:00||Collected in Taylor Hall
Judged in WH 112.
Displayed on Taylor Hall
windows in long hallway.
|Posters are displayed
Culture Bowl Finalists are posted online
|11:30 – 12:45||Lunch|
|11:15 – 12:45||French—Cornell Auditorium
(All three Languages at different locations)
|1:00 – 1:15||Taylor Auditorium||Proclamation by
Melodee Colbert-Kean &
Vice-President of Academic Affairs:
Dr. Pat Lipira
|1:15 – 1:45||Taylor Auditorium||Culture Bowl Final|
|1:45 – 2:00||Taylor Auditorium||Trophy Presentations|
CULTURE BOWL has two rounds: the preliminary written competition and the final round. A team of 4 students participates in both events, but the preliminary round is not a team competition and students cannot consult each other. Based on the results of the preliminary competition (multiple-choice test), two teams in each language will be selected to go to the final round. Since we have a separate geography competition, we will try to exclude questions on geography from the Culture Bowl. You should bear in mind, however, that it is very difficult to separate culture from geography.
Culture Bowl categories include:
Rules for the Culture Bowl Final Round: During the final round, competing teams will answer questions using a buzzer. Questions will be read in English. Students can confer with each other before buzzing-in, but not after. Students can buzz-in at any time during the reading of the question, but they will have to answer immediately without hearing the rest of the question. If the answer is incorrect, another team will have a chance to hear the rest of the question and answer it. Any disrespectful or disruptive behavior will result in losing 1 point. There are 15 questions that could be asked; however, the first team to score 6 points wins. If there is a tie, the time that earned the 1st point of the game wins.
GEOGRAPHY COMPETITION is a written multiple-choice test, which includes identifying:
This competition is not a team event; each student is competing individually and up to 4 students can participate per language per school. The countries of focus for each language are the same as in the Culture Bowl and Poetry Reading competitions.
POETRY READING consists of students reading a poem aloud, which will be posted on our website at least one month before Field Day. The authors of the selected poetry will be from the same countries as the Culture Bowl and Geography competitions. At the time of the event, students will be given a copy of the poem by the judge. Students may not use their own copies. Participants will be judged on the following criteria:
Two participants per level may participate in German. FOR FRENCH & SPANISH, ONLY ONE PARTICIPANT PER LEVEL may participate due to time and space limitations.
Culture Bowl, Geography and Poetry Reading Competitions will focus on the following countries:
The POSTER CONTEST theme for 2014 is “Bridging Cultural Gaps”. We accept one poster per language, per school, and up to 2 students per poster can participate. Entries must be two dimensional and no larger than 24" x 36"; posters larger than this will be disqualified. Posters must have some of the language of the competition (French, German, or Spanish). While some graphic-design elements may be included, at least 50% of the poster must consist of original, non-computer-generated work (i.e., hand-drawn, hand-sketched, hand-painted, or constructed via collage). Posters produced entirely by computer will be disqualified in the interest of fairness to all participating schools/students' budgets. Schools need to make sure that a 3 x 5 identification card is stapled to the bottom right corner with the title, name(s) of the student(s) who worked on the poster (no more than two), school, and language. Certificates will be awarded according to the following criteria:
READING COMPREHENSION is a multiple-choice written competition in which 2 students per level can participate. Students will be given passages in the target language and will be asked reading comprehension questions in English.
SKITS may be a one-act play, a sketch, or an excerpt from a play involving from 2 to 6 participants, all of whom must have speaking parts. All parts must be memorized. Total time limit for preparation and performance is 10 minutes. The number of competing teams is limited because of time constraints. A single student should not dominate a performance. We will award 3 points (CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR'S 2 POINTS) to the winning skits for the overall sweepstakes competition. Skits will be judged on:
VOCABULARY RECOGNITION is a multiple-choice written competition in which participants choose the correct meaning for the given word or expression. This competition also tests the knowledge of grammar (verbal tenses). Two participants per level, per language may participate.
Please understand that it is very difficult to divide vocabulary items by levels, because it depends in great part on a textbook one uses. We have looked through different textbooks and have divided vocabulary (to a certain degree still arbitrary) in the following manner:
You can use The First Thousand Words in Spanish (or in another language) as your guide.
Conversation Stations is a non-competitive activity that will give students an opportunity to have fun and demonstrate their ability to sustain a short conversation in French, German, or Spanish. Students will be rewarded by earning "euros” in order to purchase items at the Kiosk.
Trivia questions will be asked to students. This will occur in each language category—French, German, and Spanish. Winners will be given “euros” in order to “purchase” items from the Kiosk.
The kiosk will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Students can purchase small items related to foreign languages or cultures from the Kiosk with earned “euros.” from Trivia Sessions or the Conversation Stations.
8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. French and German Dances. 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Latin Dances.
Native speakers who have had schooling in the target language may not participate in any competitive event. Those speakers, who use the target language at home but have never had any schooling in the target language, can participate in the Poster, Geography, Culture Bowl competitions.
NUMBER OF QUESTIONS PER COMPETITION (Questions are in English for all these exams):
We always welcome suggestions how to improve the Foreign Language Field Day. Please fill out our evaluation form to let us know how we are doing.
Students can eat lunch in the Lion's Den (#14 on map). The price is $6.50.
School districts must have current Certificate of Liability on file with the Physical Plant to bring a bus to campus. Because of congested parking conditions at the university, all visiting buses are requested to park in the large gravel parking lot south of Hughes football stadium, following the departure of students from the buses. The stadium and parking lot is located on Duquesne Road. (#25 on map).
This action will free regular parking lots for college students and eliminate possible safety hazards. When students are ready to reboard the buses, please drive to the nearest point which will ensure their safety.
Dr. James Kilpatrick, Coordinator
Tel: (417) 625 9667
Fax: (417) 625 9585
Administrator only: Data Management